Monthly Picks: March 2018

I wanted to share what I am loving/ what’s sitting in my online shopping carts once a month to help me get my shopping fix and out of boy world for a bit. 🙂 I am def looking at some warmer weather clothing now in hopes to wear some soon.

I have really been wanting some white flare jeans for springtime. I can only find these but I love them. Maybe I will hope for an Anthro sale soon. Fingers crossed. I also love these less expensive cropped white jeans.

Wondering if I can pull off these platform espadrilles. I think they would look really cute with some cropped or rolled jeans. Or this  version. Love these espadrilles too with cute summer dresses.

Just got this skirt to wear with a pink shirt for Easter.

With an upcoming girls weekend I was looking at this fun night out top. I am thinking it would look really cute with some white shorts for multi season wear. Or this similar cute off shoulder top. Sadly I did not get around to ordering one in time for girls weekend but I am thinking I would like them for date night. Big dreams!  ha!

Anyway just a quick and a bit later then normal post this week. I hope you all enjoyed it. I promise more photos soon. I was planning an Easter mom and boys photo shoot for this past week but it was so cold in the mornings here that I just felt bad making them take pictures without any coats.

Until next week, XOXO!


A Fitness Journey Story

After I had quite a bit a positive feedback from my own fitness journey post (which you can read here  if you haven’t already), I wanted to give other perspectives on programs and journeys that have worked for other busy moms. I am starting a contributors section of my blog to help share other mom opinions and views on different topics . Sometimes I think it is nice to share other perspectives. This is my friend, Kelly’s, personal fitness journey. She has been training for a half marathon via long distance with me. We have really been inspiring each other and supporting each other as workout buddy’s, moms, and bffs.kelly2-2kelly4-2

My Fitness Journey

My name is Kelly and was asked to share my story of fitness.  I am a mother of two girls, 3 and 1. I also work part time, so making time for me is important, which can be difficult at times. When I gave birth to my first daughter, I belonged to a gym, but found it difficult to get to the gym consistently. After giving birth to my one year old, I decided the gym was not going to work. I knew I wanted to work out, but needed something that could keep me on track. I had a friend who was posting videos of working out from home, using Beachbody. I immediately signed up and found myself being consistent more than I had in years. I pay $100 for a year access to hundreds of programs, which include yoga, pilates, insanity, P90x, and PIYO just to name a few of the programs offered. If you are anything like me, I am always looking for something new to try. Each program gives you a calendar to follow along with nutritional guidelines. They offer tons of recipes to help you stay on track and offer online groups to check in with other women who also have Beachbody. I have always been one to work out on my own, but having this additional support has been great to know I am not the only one who struggles or has bad days. Each program runs anywhere from 21 days to 2 months, so whatever works for the individual. This last year, I have been the most consistent in years because it is so easy to go downstairs and press play. Some of my favorites thus far have been Insanity Max 30, 21 day fix, Shift Shop, and PIYO!  The best part is that often my 3 year old joins in on the workouts with me and sees her mom taking care of herself, which I love. To be honest, most of the time I try to get my workouts in before they wake up or during naptime, but then there are times it doesn’t go as planned. I have included my personal coach website, which also gives you a better idea of what Beachbody offers and types of programs they have. Obviously, you can pick any coach you want or go to the general beach body site and be assigned a coach. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out, as I am always happy to answer questions.

Her name is Jessica Laska.kelly3-2kelly5-2kelly-2kelly6-2

I hope another perspective helps to inspire all you busy moms out there because I know a non-busy mom doesn’t exist. I want to think my good friend Kelly for sharing her story too. I am so proud of her.

Until next week, XOXO.


*This post is not sponsored by Beach Body

Five Favorite Easy Family Meals: Part 1


I have been working on doing a series of easy family meals for inspirations. I enjoy cooking and have had interest in sharing some of my weekly meal plans. I usually try to plan two weeks of meals at a time but things come up and I make sure its a pretty flexible plan. I try to have at least one fish dish a week and one vegetarian dish a week to create a balanced diet. Here is our meal planning for the past two weeks. (ignore my reflection in my meal calendar…I just took a picture of my actual meal planner hanging in my kitchen)

In addition to sharing my meal planning, I wanted to share five meal recipes along with it. I have quite a few favorite easy go to meals I would like to share but I decided to do it in parts so there isn’t just an over load of information.

  1. Shrimp Tacos: Super quick and easy. Unfortunately not the most toddler friendly meal so it is usually accompanied by chicken nuggets. But since it takes a total of like 15 minutes to make I don’t mind. My oldest son actually like to make his chicken nuggets into a chicken nugget taco. I like to use this recipe but less chili powder and most of the time I just cut up tomatoes and avocado to add to your taco without making the avocado salsa. Super easy and healthier than regular tacos.20180228_18321720180228_183220
  2. Baked Salmon: This meal everyone likes and requires not much time. I don’t really  have a set recipe for this. I usually place the Salmon filet skin side down on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. I then drizzle a bit of olive oil on it and season with pre-made seafood seasoning in the spice section of the grocery store. (Sometimes my hubby makes up his own and we keep it in a container in the spice cabinet) I also like to add a bit of parmesan cheese too. Depending on the size of the filet, I usually bake it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.  To make a healthy side to go along with it, I like to go ahead and just bake some fresh veggies on the same tray with the salmon. Just drizzle the veggies with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper and you can cook them all together. Super simple and easy. Healthy and delicious. Here I made an asparagus side and added mashed potatoes because I love mashed potatoes. My boys really like this meal as well. 20180301_18292820180301_182952
  3. Sour Cream and Noodle Bake: I use this recipe  I found on pinterest a long time ago. I like to make it ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven and bake it. It works very well as a make ahead freezer meal too. I like to mix it up with turkey or bison instead of ground beef as well. My little guys like it too!20180302_18393620180302_183940
  4. Salad Night:  Once a week I like throw together a salad. Sometimes is strictly vegetarian, sometimes I put smoked Salmon on it and sometimes I put chicken or steak on it. It really depends on what we have in the fridge at the time. I always like baby lettuce, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, edememe and avocado on my salad. Again depending on what we have and how I am making it, I also like dried cranberries or other dried fruit, nuts or soft cheese toppings. I cannot expect the boys to eat salad but they will eat parts of it like tomatoes and smoked salmon or chicken or steak so I usually make them a sort of deconstructed salad.20180305_18300320180305_183056
  5. Pesto Tortellini: This is another super easy and way quick but the kids love it meal. I just cook some frozen tortellini on the stove and add some Costco pesto from a jar. Add a bit of parmesan cheese on top and you are done! You can use any kind of tortellini you want. I usually go with just cheese tortellini. This time we had some left over baby tomatoes from salad night that I added into the pesto for a little something extra and no wasting tomatoes by having them go bad. My boys LOVE this so I make it quite often. 20180307_18265120180307_182657

I hope everyone got some easy healthy dinner inspiration from this post. I just posted 5 recipes this time so I don’t have an information overload. I hate super long wordy posts myself. I will continue my meal series as I make dinners for my own family. Let me know if you all like these ideas! Until next week, XOXO.

18 Months: Liam Edition

OMG! How is my little baby already 18 months old??!! Time really does fly by faster and faster. My littlest little man loves running and laughing. He’s not much of a talker yet. Although, he randomly surprises us with full sentences every once in a while saying things like “What are you doing Dad?” or “Read this!”. He isn’t a fan of snow and cold so he is happy its getting warmer. He can be pretty independant already but in the same breath can be soooo clingy to me… he’s still my little baby. He is kind and loves his animals. He loves giving sloppy kisses and wrestling with his brother. The wrestling drives me crazy and I am always worried someone is going to get hurt but they are usually laughing so hard. He is a very very picky eater and can some how create energy from nothing… Not sure how he’s growing so much. He loves making driving noises for cars, trucks, chicken nuggets and many more. He loves his big brother and everything he does. We just love seeing who he’s becoming every day. IMG_9825IMG_9833IMG_9863IMG_9837IMG_9841IMG_9844IMG_9873IMG_9883IMG_9885IMG_9891IMG_9903There is something super comfy about wearing distressed flared denim and a thermal for spring time. I like to mix up the straight leg with flared leg sometimes. A bit of a throw back style for the unpredictable temperatures of Spring time in Indiana. And they make running after boys look cute without having to wear leggings all the time. I really love flared denim! 🙂 Just a little mommy style to throw in because it is just something I enjoy and want to do more posts about.

Happy half birthday Liam! Hope you all have a great Friday and rest of the week. Until next week, XOXO.

Boy Mom Life: A day in the life

Happy Friday everyone! I have a few fun new posts that I have coming up for you all but this week, we had a random 70 degree day and my boys and I just basically took the day off to be outside, doing outside things. I just wanted to share a little bit from our outdoor adventures this week. Sometimes you just have to do that. What is life, if you can’t enjoy it and the people who mean the most to you. Anyway I was thinking the whole time about how funny it is that I have always been a pretty girly girl and here I am covered in mud, stomping in puddles with my little boys and loving it.
















Give me all the muddy hands … I am pretty sure that is boy language for love.


I was the only mom at swimming lessons that actually had mud on her Hunter boots too. Sorry but not sorry. They are super handy, and easy to clean while still being stylish boots.



Incase you might be thinking I just let the boys play in the mud for a blog photoshoot… I just took these pics this afternoon while we were all outside. They turned out so cute and fit so nicely with what I already had written, that I hurried up and edited them so I could add them really quick. Here you go… EVEN BIGGER puddle! 20180223_13002320180223_13003820180223_13004520180223_13005120180223_13013720180223_13013820180223_130146(0)20180223_13014720180223_13021120180223_13021320180223_13021720180223_13024820180223_13030820180223_130345(0)20180223_130346_00120180223_13034620180223_13055420180223_131009(0)20180223_131010

I thought to help maintain my fun girly side, I would share a few cute things I am currently stalking/sitting in my online shopping carts right now.

  • Waiting for these sneakers to come back in stock in my size. I love anything pink.
  • Thinking of trying this Bra. I have read good things about it. Has anyone else tried it yet?
  • Can I please have one of everything? The new Lilly Pulitzer swim is just too cute!
  • Waiting for these Jeans to come back in stock in my size.
  • This for my little guy and this for my bigger little guy while thinking of upcoming Easter. And this splurge or this or even this if I had a little girl. I sometimes just look and daydream. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Try to stay dry and mud free unless you live the boy life 😉 Until next week, XOXO

Post Valentine’s Day Candy Hangover!

Valentine’s week has def been a cheat week for us here. We had scallops and pasta, cookies, candy, cheesecake, french champagne, and even more candy. We might have gone a little overboard this year but what the heck?! I think we were all feeling really happy this year. I try to maintain a healthy menu each week but I wanted to let you all know that its totally ok to cheat. Just not all the time. I feel like without indulging every once in a while, it just becomes too hard to say no to your cravings when they come.  Most importantly to me, why do we live if we can’t enjoy things occasionally? This weekend I’ll be right back on it again … my goal is 4.5 miles this weekend. I am slowly working my way up. Then probably a cookie. 😉 If you haven’t tried this sugar cookie recipe yet (I already posted it around Christmas time) do it now! I am sooo addicted. The most delicious sugar cookies ever.20180214_16091020180214_160938

My new favorite Champagne…I only get it when it’s on sale! 20180215_144154

The boys were sooo excited for their own Valentine’s we got for them.20180215_144213

Some more of our Valentine’s goodies overload.20180215_16155520180215_16170220180215_161858

And finally for some laughter because we all need some… some “take a Valentine’s Picture for mom” outtakes.

20180214_170837^My favorite because Liam is just a blur. Such a true to life pic! 😀 ^

I wish everyone good luck recovering from your Valentine’s sweets overload… or maybe its just me. Oh well!

Until next week, XOXO.

Valentine’s Day Outfits: Toddler Boy Style

Just a little glimpse into behind the pictures type post today. I had gotten the boys and I cute Valentine’s Day shirts and wanted to share some pictures of us wearing them with you all. Of course, after I get a little photo backdrop set up and camera ready to go, Jake only wanted to wear his firetruck shirt. I had to bribe him to even wear his heartbreaker shirt. My hubby had gotten me a remote for my camera to help me take better tripod pictures, so as I am sure you can tell from the photos, Jake then only wanted to push the camera button. And he was mesmerized by it. haha. Anyway, thats real life.

Liam’s cute doggy Valentine’s shirt is an old hand me down from Jake. I got Jake’s Heartbreaker Tee from the Gap. I thought it was something fitting for Valentine’s Day but would work any other day as well. I found this anatomically correct heart sweatshirt on amazon for myself and I thought it was just too perfect. IMG_9774IMG_9775IMG_9778IMG_9779^OBSESSED with the camera remote!^

He’s so mesmerized by it and would not let anyone else push the button. haha. At least he did a pretty good job. IMG_9800IMG_9784IMG_9785

Boy mom life seems to always end in my boys getting rowdy… no exception here.


At least my only little girl Emma is always up for kisses and cuteness. ❤


Next week we plan on making some cute heart shaped cookies and some special Valentines for our friends. I got them their own special Valentine’s Day chocolates to surprise them next week too. I can’t wait to see their excited faces. What are all your Valentine’s Day plans? I hope they are good ones! Until next week, XOXO.

Playroom Garage

Slowly, I have been working on home projects to class up our new house. Eventually we will get to where I want it to be, but what fun is life without some home projects? At least for us; we love doing home projects. I am slowly working on upgrading our playroom space to something way cool for the boys. It is a challenge with all the cabinets in there now but is actually nice for toy storage. Only problem is I constantly have boys standing on top of the counter. Not sure what to do about that, but I am brainstorming ideas and hopefully I can come up some something cool. Meanwhile we had this random empty under the counter space (maybe it used to be a desk type area) that the boys started parking their cars and trucks in. It made a pretty cool garage but mostly turned into a pile of trucks.

First I went to Target (woo whoo!) and Hobby Lobby for a couple supplies… a shower curtain rod and some garage door looking fabric and matching thread. Once I was ready to start, I busted out the dusty sewing machine. *Side note: I used to love to sew things and made alot of cute clothes actually but deciding to purse a degree in Fashion Design really killed my passion for anything related to that.* I don’t have a studio space right now for my painting or projects so I have been setting up on the random sink and cabinet area in the playroom basement area. Like I said before, its not perfect but I am working on it all… over time. 20180119_171828-220180119_170025-2Gotta love my little helpers always. 20180119_210315-2^Curtain rod detail.^20180119_174526-220180119_174537-2Once the curtain was hung up, it turned out to be a pretty cool place to hide and peek out of. 🙂20180119_210224-220180119_210232-2The next step was to paint it to look more like a garage door and less like a grey curtain. I drew a chalk outline of what I wanted to pain then I mixed up a color with acrylic paint I already had and went to town on it. 20180123_164208-2.jpg20180123_164722-220180123_172205-2A quick paper towel and water on the chalk after the paint dries takes care of the chalk lines really quick. 20180124_102737-2I had the hubby add a shelf in for more levels of vehicle storage in the garage. 20180127_135635-2IMG_9763IMG_9756IMG_9754

Then we just play! IMG_9743IMG_9744Jake was the photographer remote button pusher. He was really into it… we had a bit of a fit when I told him we had to put up mom’s camera equipment because it wasn’t a toy.  😀 IMG_9728IMG_9731IMG_9734IMG_9738IMG_9740IMG_9741IMG_9749Hope you all have an wonderful weekend and if you need any Super Bowl party inspiration check out my Super Bowl Sunday! post from last year and my Super Bowl Sunday! post from the year before that. Pretty much have all the same decor so I am sticking with it!

Until next week, XOXO.

My Workout Routine

IMG_9475I have been working really hard the past year and a half (since my 2nd baby was born) on getting into shape and being healthy. I tried several different workout plans before I found one that really works for me. It did not happen over night, for sure, and it took a while, but I feel like I am in the best shape of my life right now. I feel very energetic and healthy. I really wanted to share the workouts I do with others so if you wanted to try and see if it works for you as well, you can. After I was cleared to exercise from the doctor after the birth of my second son, I slowly eased into it with this 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout I found on youtube. I just started out doing this 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) during the boy’s nap time. Along with this I did a 20-30 minute walk around the neighborhood with the boys and the dog once a day. Nothing crazy at first since I did not want to over do it. I like the quick 10 min workout because I can easily do it whenever I have a few extra minutes at home. I love getting outside so a walk everyday is nice. Now it is harder to get a walk in because of the weather, but I try to go whenever it gets warm.IMG_9485-2IMG_9542-2

After I felt good about the 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, I added this 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout two times a week (Tuesday and Thursday) during the boys nap time as well. These quick toning and metabolism boosting workouts paired with a daily 30 minute walk and healthy eating has really helped me this past year and a half. Another quick weight management tip that has really worked for me is my “no wine during the week” personal rule. This way I don’t completely cut out the fun, just reduce it for my health.IMG_9493-2IMG_9520-2IMG_9593-2IMG_9616-2

I am now doing the  10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, the 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout twice a week, 20 minutes on the elliptical five times a week (or at least every week night my hubby is able to hangout with the boys after dinner so I can exercise) and just this month I have added a training run on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As I had previously posted, I am working up to run a half marathon this October so each weekend I am pushing a little bit longer run. I want to gradually get there like when I first started getting into shape so I don’t hurt myself or get burnt out. I still try not to drink wine during week days and try to eat healthy. If people are interested I can post some weekly menus I plan for my family and I. Just let me know!

I love how yoga makes me feel so I like to throw some relaxing yoga sessions in the mix instead of my regular workout every once in awhile. It is nice to have a variety of healthy exercises so you don’t get bored. IMG_9676-2IMG_9717-2

Every person has to figure out what works best for their body. The best advice I can give you is to listen to your body and go with what works for you. Try a few different things sometimes before finding what works. I wanted to share some quick workouts for busy moms because it’s hard to take care of your family if you don’t take care of yourself! Keep in mind when I first started doing these workouts, I couldn’t do it all (even though they are only 10 minutes!) I just did what I could and kept pushing myself to do a little more as I went. And always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water = health! IMG_9566-3

Until next week, XOXO

Just another Birthday

I wanted to share a quick post about some fun Birthday celebrating we did for me yesterday. Yes it was another wonderful 25th (hehe) birthday. I wanted to try to make a super cute cake for myself… I did actually think about ordering one but decided I liked the challenge. I combined a couple different ideas from pinterest to make the cake itself. I was soooo proud of how well it turned out. I thought I would share what I found and made for anyone thinking of taking on a baking challenge themselves. Really it wasn’t to hard to make… just a bit challenging with all my “helpers”.20180118_184341I wanted to decorate it in a pink (my favorite color) and snowflakes (I love snow) theme for my birthday cake. I found this Cookies and Cream cake on Pinterest and used the cake part and Oreo butter cream part. I skipped the chocolate ganache. I actually doubled the amount of Oreos in the cake and halved the amount of buttercream icing they made. I didn’t want a ton of icing on the cake since I wanted to make a strawberry ganache drizzle. The cake was not had to make at all. I used this recipe I found on pinterest as well for the Strawberry Ganache. I added a little bit of hot pink food coloring to boost the pink color since everyone needs more pink in their life. 🙂 I also got a little excited and drizzled a bit much of the strawberry ganache but it still looked pretty and tasted fantastic! I finally added a rose because its pretty, my sugar snowflakes, some whip cream “snow”, and a couple extra strawberries. TAA DAA!20180118_18434420180118_18435520180118_190149

My birthday wish helpers. ❤

Last week we all got the flu… booooo… so we were also very happy to get outside and play in the snow too. I was so excited that Liam finally decided he likes playing in the snow… the best birthday present! All my snow babies! ❤ 20180112_09464020180112_09552320180115_12565620180115_125231

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my cake making… although it is not quite as fun as the cake eating. That was very yummy! Here’s how I finished out the evening…20180118_210935Happy Birthday Cheers to another blessed year!

Until next week…XOXO